Both teams took some time to get into the flow of things in their first Group B action at the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.
El Salvador was closest to opening the scoring in the late going of the first half, when captain Rafael Burgos got behind the defending champion's defense on consecutive occasions, only to be thwarted by a pair of sterling stops from goalkeeper Donis Escober.
Honduras head coach Luis Suarez tried to shake things up at the half, replacing forward Georgie Welcome with Roger Rojas.
The plan nearly bore fruit in the 60th minute as Rojas latched onto a rebound from an Oscar Boniek Garcia shot, but Salvadoran goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo came up with point-blank save.
U.S.-based New England Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, neatly settling a Rojas cross and tucking a shot into the corner of the Salvadoran goal.
The goal livened up the evening and spurred a response from El Salvador, which tied the match just three minutes later. Andres Flores made a streaking run down the right side and delivered a looping cross into the box that Burgos managed to nod past Escober, off the far post, and into the Honduran goal.
Both teams threatened to score a winner, but some good goalkeeping on both sides of the field meant each team will carry a point into its final match against Panama in the three-team group.
The draw was the third between the two rivals in 11 all-time Copa Centroamericana games against each other.
El Salvador plays the Panamanians on Sunday, while Honduras faces the Canaleros champions in the group closer on Tuesday.